About the ICCS Rome Program - *Spring 2019 Limited Placements
The ICCS Rome program, a Richmond affiliate program, is one of the premiere study abroad programs in the world for students studying the Classics and is highly respected in academic circles. This program is designed to give serious students the opportunity to explore all of what Rome and Italy offer to those studying Classical Studies. It is not an Italian immersion program, nor is it a simple "study abroad" experience. Although there are breaks in every semester, the program is not set up in a way that will allow students to travel extensively through Europe during the semester, nor does the program provide extensive free time during the evenings and weekends.
The ICCS program is based at the Center (Centro) - a four story building on one of the main streets of the Janiculum. It is close to the American Academy in Rome and is ten minutes by bus from Piazza Venezia and downtown Rome.
For more information, please see: http://globaled.duke.edu/Programs/Semester/ICCS_Rome
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- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.
- Applicants must be majors either in classics or art history, with strong classical interests and background.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, although to be competitive, a higher GPA is usually necessary.
- Coursework in Latin and/or Greek and a background in Roman History
- Admission to this program is competitive. Therefore, it is suggested that students consider their second choice of study abroad program very carefully in case admission to ICCS Rome is denied.
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Courses are offered in Classical Studies, Greek, Latin, and beginning Italian language. All courses are taught in English besides the language classes.
The academic schedule is rigorous and class attendance is required. Each student must take the course "Ancient City", which is considered a "double course", since the time spent in class for this course is at least 20 hours per week and the earned credits are double. This 20 hours includes many site visits in and around Rome. In addition to the "Ancient City" course, students must take one course of either Latin or Greek, and one other elective course.
Classes are held rain or shine, in good and bad weather alike: students
must bring and wear appropriate clothes. This includes proper apparel for
entering churches and museums; umbrellas and raingear; sun screen (& hats
also are a good idea); sturdy shoes (boots are unnecessary) and no flip
flops on site. The Ancient City class demands a lot of walking and
In addition to the academic courses offered, the ICCS program offers the opportunity for students to do related internships. Past internships have included work on collections of ancient artifacts and preparing exhibitions.
Duke University is also on a unit system, however it is slightly different from UR's unit system. The UR registrar's office will use the following formula to convert Duke units into UR units: 1 Duke Unit = 1.14 UR Units, rounded up to the nearest tenth of a unit.
Below is a table with the conversion into units as it will appear on the UR transcript.
|Ancient City Course (2 units)
||2.28, rounded up to 2.3
|All other ICCS courses (1 unit each)
||1.14, rounded up to 1.2
Most UR students will earn 4.7 units for a semester at ICCS. Students are graded using the U.S. system. Credit for grades less than "C" will not be transferred back to the University of Richmond. More information about credit transfer from abroad can be found on the web page https://international.richmond.edu/semester/policies/credit-transfer.html
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ICCS Rome participants all live together in the Centro. The rooms are quite small, even the doubles. Although there is a sink in every room, some rooms have wardrobes outside in the hall instead of having closets inside the room. Students should not expect to use a lot of electric devices.
There is a housekeeping staff that cleans the rooms daily so students are expected to be somewhat neat: Piles of clothes on the floor are unacceptable. Sheets and towels are provided by the Centro, and are changed weekly.
Three meals per day are provided Monday - Friday. Not all dietary concerns or preferences can be accommodated, so please check with staff in advance of committing to the program if this is of relevance to you. Weekend meals are on your own.
Although Rome has an attractive climate, the rooms can be cold in the winter, since there are no carpets - the floors are marble tile. There is also no air conditioner. Students should plan their wardrobes accordingly.
Dates and Costs
Click here for ICCS Rome Dates and Costs.
Click here for Italian Visa Info. If admitted to the ICCS Rome program you may be able to apply for your visa through Duke University instead of UR. See Michele Cox in International Education for details.
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For more information see Prof. Erika Damer in the Classics Department, or Michele Cox in the Office of International Education.
Updated February 2016
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.